Enchanting boho guesthouse

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Santhika is one of the most hospitable little guesthouses we’ve ever encountered, with a great boho atmosphere.

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Walking in is like stumbling into a funky antique junkyard — there’s so much going on you don’t know where to look: overgrown plants, wooden carvings, canopied daybeds, chill-out music. Then you are greeted by the extremely welcoming staff and owner who offer cinnamon-infused welcome drinks, fruit platters and foot massages.

Just enough room for a splash. : Sally Arnold.
Just enough room for a splash. Photo: Sally Arnold

Stuffed into the tiny yard are a handful of wooden guest rooms and a dorm, plus the odd “tent” in the garden and a minuscule swimming pool. Private wood and bamboo bungalows offer a mix of air-con or fan-cooled rooms, some with share bathrooms and all with hot-water showers. Beds are mosquito netted, and furniture and decor styling follow the same mix of antiques and craziness as the garden. Some bathrooms are open-air style with plants and pebbles — one we viewed was encrusted with snail shells (intentionally).

The seven-bed dorm is decked out with mix of wooden, batik-covered beds in a curtained-off section, and larger iron canopied beds, plus one double bed for a couple. It’s fan cooled, and the high ceiling keeps it pleasantly breezy. We love the unusual floor made from cross sections of wood and pebbles.

An available bed ... : Sally Arnold.
An available bed ... Photo: Sally Arnold

An attached outdoor-style bathroom has only one hot-water shower and toilet for all. Punctuating the garden, a couple of mosquito-netted beds are offered as “tent” accommodation — not particularly private, but possibly rather delightful on a warm evening.

Benches, chairs and tables and places to laze around are crammed into the outdoor areas — it’s chilled, organic and enchanting. We did however feel the dorms (and tent) are overpriced, considering you can stay in a rather nice guesthouse with a private room in central Lovina for the same cost or less, but the atmosphere at Santhika is unique and special and it’s a great place to meet other travellers. Go for the private rooms.

Nooks and crannies for relaxing. : Sally Arnold.
Nooks and crannies for relaxing. Photo: Sally Arnold

Breakfast, WiFi and all-day tea or coffee are included. Other healthy meals are available too. Santhika also offer yoga class at very good prices, spa treatments and local tours.

You'll find this guesthouse tucked away in a quiet village area inland from the beach about one kilometre from central Lovina. Closer to town, the same owner also runs Funky Place, a bar with live music, beer pong, and (probably noisy) rooms.

Contact details for Santhika

Address: Jalan Pandji Tisna, Kaliasem
T: (0817) 359 993; (0857) 9260 7168;  
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º1'21.49" E, 8º10'10.74" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Tent 120,000 rupiah 120,000 rupiah
Dorm fan cooled
Small bed. Large bed: 200,000 rupiah. Double: 250,000 per couple.
150,000 rupiah 150,000 rupiah
Dbl fan private bathroom 300,000 rupiah 300,000 rupiah
Dbl air-con private bathroom 360,000 rupiah 360,000 rupiah

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Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.

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